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What quotation marks are used for expressions to indicate it's not your original idea?

Asked by flo (12974points) December 18th, 2016

Sometimes quotation marks are used to indicate you don’t think it’s correct as in “Burquini” for the so called Burqini. So, when you want to indicate that an expression (Bull in a china shop) is not your original idea, what quotation marks should be used?

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Sneki95's avatar

These——-> ” ”
Or simply writing “not my original idea.”

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Quotes below from the Western Michigan University Style Guide address both “it’s not your original idea” and “Burquini”.

It’s not your original idea

“Double quotation marks are used for direct quotations and titles of compositions such as books, plays, movies, songs, lectures and TV shows.”


“They also can be used to indicate irony and introduce an unfamiliar term or nickname.”

Note the clever use of quotes for illustration.

zenvelo's avatar

These ” ” unless you are French, then these << >>.

flo's avatar

Thank you. My fingers and my brain weren’t on the same page, I meant what punctuation marks should be used.
What if you don’t want to send the message that the expression Bull in a china shop is an incorrect terrm for Trump, the way you don’t think Burquini is the incorrect term for the so called item?

flo's avatar

What if you don’t have any more characters left to add “Not my original idea”?

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